Mt. Vernon Register-News

Sports

January 29, 2014

Rams focus on Althoff

Travel to Belleville on Friday night

MT. VERNON —

The Rams start the second half of their South Seven Conference schedule, facing the lone team they defeated in the opening half.

Mt. Vernon travels to Althoff on Friday night. The Rams enter the matchup with a 12-7 record overall. The Rams have struggled in conference play with a 1-4 record. The lone victory came against Althoff at Changnon Gymnasium in early January.

We played extremely well at our place and still barely won down the stretch,” Mt. Vernon coach Scott Gamber said. “We've got to guard a lot better than what we did at our place.”

Mt. Vernon won the first matchup 69-62 and hit 10 of 12 at the free throw line to seal the victory. Braden Fitzjerrells, who is doubtful for the game with a sprained wrist, led the Rams with 24 points.

Jordan Goodwin of Althoff led all scorers with 25 points.

They've got a lot of weapons,” Gamber said. “The Goodwin kid had a huge night against us here. Goodwin could have a bad night and (Brendan) Gooch and (Kevin) Renner and (Keenen) Young they're all capable of having a big night on any given night.”

Dylan Reeves is expected to slide into the starting lineup, if Fitzjerrells misses the game.

Gamber said the Rams will focus on playing a slower tempo. He added the pace in losses at the Salem Invitational Tournament to Edwardsville and Effingham was too fast.

I know fans don't like to hear that. I know that our players don't like to hear that,” Gamber said. “But the reality is when we try to run up and down the floor with the teams in our conference, we're not successful.”

Gamber added the key for the Rams is to recognize when a transition opportunity is available, but wants to see more patience in the half-court system.

We're playing way, way, way too fast in the half court, way too fast,” Gamber said. “That Effingham game if there would have been a 10-second shot clock we never would have had a violation.”

Friday's matchup starts with the junior varsity at 6:15 p.m.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • Brian Gamber resigning as Spartans basketball coach

    Brian Gamber is resigning as Spartans basketball coach after two seasons.

    April 23, 2014

  • Boyd Ballard Ballard takes over Rams wrestling

    Boyd Ballard has wrestled at the highest levels and now he's taken over the Mt. Vernon program.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woodlawn-Patoka baseball Patoka knocks off Woodlawn

    Patoka built an early cushion against the Cardinals and hung on for a 5-3 win.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • MTV-Centralia baseball Rams outlast Orphans

    The offensive floodgates finally opened in the ninth inning for Mt. Vernon's baseball team.

    The Rams piled up six runs in the ninth inning to claim a 7-3 extra-inning victory Tuesday.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mt. Vernon looks to move quickly on basketball opening

    The summer is a critical time period in the development of a high school athlete.

    With the resignation of Mt. Vernon boys basketball coach Scott Gamber becoming official at Monday's school board meeting, Mt. Vernon will look to move quickly to fill the position with summer workouts approaching. MVTHS principal Wes Olson said Tuesday the school will try to have a candidate at the May board meeting.

    April 22, 2014

  • Gamber resigns as Rams coach

    Scott Gamber has resigned as Rams basketball head coach after six seasons.

    April 21, 2014

  • Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in triple overtime

    Alexander Steen scored at 26 seconds of the third overtime to give the St. Louis Blues a 4-3 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series on Thursday night.

    April 18, 2014

  • MTV-Flora boys tennis Rams edge Flora

    The Rams tennis matchup against Flora on Thursday came down to the final match.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • MTV-Salem tennis Rams sweep Salem

    The Rams tennis team swept past Salem 9-0 Wednesday.

    It was the opening match of the season for Mt. Vernon after three cancelations to start the year under first year boys coach Randy Knox.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Woodlawn-Carmi softball Carmi downs Woodlawn

    Carmi-White County jumped out early in an 11-3 win over the host Lady Cardinals on Wednesday.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

Tom Lindley Sports